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PostPosted: February 17, 2015, 11:48 am 
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Nice progress. Looks good.

I like using software and have done so all my professional life, so it's not an issue with me. However, when I was doing a boat project years ago, I ordered a set of lofting splines from a fellow in Maine. They were just a hard, but bendable plastic with a small groove on one side to accept the point on a lead lofting "duck." There are probably a number of materials you could use for them including aluminum or wood. What do the metal guys use when they are fairing a buck like the one you're building?

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P.S. I saw that the "Learning the English Wheel" book by Longyard was down to 1 copy left on Amazon, so I ordered it. Having been too slow to act on book buying in the past, and then waited months for the publisher to reprint, I decided "better safe than sorry."

I don't expect to do much with it in the short term except read it, as I'm really still working on basics. This morning, I got an e-mail from Amazon that the delivery will be delayed a few days by weather. It's gotta be due to the snow, so it must be coming from your neck of the woods or the east coast.

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Now you are having fun :D I sometimes wish I had started on something a little simpler. A number of folks have wondered about the time required to build a buck. If I had enough skill that would be ok. And I have seen what can happen when you don't.


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I'm thinking that after I finish the buck for the rear of the body I can practice making the part that covers the extreme rear. It has a tight decreasing radius plus a gentle curve in the other direction. I just have to keep telling myself its just a practice piece. I still need to get some sheet metal to practice on.

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PostPosted: February 23, 2015, 10:01 am 
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After work on Friday I stopped at the fab shop and picked up a couple of 18 gauge steel drops. If I was buying sheets to build with I'd have to tell them what size to cut so it would fit in the station wagon and wait a few days until they had some free time to cut them. With drops I just get some left over pieces they keep leaning up against the wall and give the guy 10 bucks for his trouble. I was going to practice on the English wheel some more but ended up spending all of my time on the buck.
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I'm pleased with how it is turning out. There are more pieces to add but the basic shape is there. I covered it with poster board to see how it looked with the rest of the mock up.
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Time to start on the windshield and roof.

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Man, that is going to be one purty car. :D

Gotta do something about that garage, though. It looks frighteningly clean... :cheers:

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PostPosted: February 23, 2015, 10:59 am 
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Dauntless wrote:
Gotta do something about that garage, though. It looks frighteningly clean


OK, confession time. Before I take pictures I shove all of the stuff on the floor out of the shot. :oops:

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Too-Clean shop notwithstanding... That is one cool lookin' car!!!!
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That thing is looking FABULOUS!

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Lookin' good but keep in mind you will need a 14° approach angle and a 16° departure angle or :(


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vroom wrote:
Lookin' good but keep in mind you will need a 14° approach angle and a 16° departure angle or :(

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vroom wrote:
Lookin' good but keep in mind you will need a 14° approach angle and a 16° departure angle or


The approach will not be a problem with the short nose but the departure....

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And he has "Daytona" on the box . LOL :cheers:

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I spent some time at the AACA museum in hershey PA this past friday, and thought of your build when I saw this - well maintained but unrestored, last painted 50 years ago - 1934 Alfa 8C 2300.

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That Alfa is one of the prettiest cars ever built

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robbovius wrote:
I spent some time at the AACA museum in hershey PA this past friday


Thanks for the remind. The Lotus exhibition completely slipped my mind, I need to take a vacation day soon and get up there. I will also spend some time checking out the Alfa. Now that I'm deep into my mock up I'd like to see how they used to handle the shapes.

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